Rocket builder enlists 50 volunteers to launch amateur astronaut
In 2017, Mad Mike Hughes built a scrap rocket to launch into the Mojave Desert to prove the Earth is flat. The story made headlines around the world primarily for its ridiculousness, but also because of the awe-inspiring achievement it represented. It was an indication that a simple man, not a billionaire, could actually build a rocket.
That’s why when a group of 50 Copenhagen Suborbitals volunteers announced they were building a rocket to send into space, the news caught a lot of attention, as first reported. Futurism. If the intrepid group of ambitious volunteers actually manage to get their rocket off the ground and into orbit, it will mark a milestone for humanity.
A DIY rocket builder
Copenhagen Suborbitals consists of a group of hobbyist rocketry enthusiasts in Denmark. Their goal is to launch a person into sub-orbit on a homemade rocket and with a very small budget. It is the only manned amateur space program in the world and they have launched five rockets since 2011.
Beware Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos! You have real competition here. Mads Stenfatt, an awards manager, is one such volunteer and he said Futurism he enjoys the challenge of building rockets. “We do it because it’s hard,” Stenfatt said. “Once you get there, you also start to realize that the fun part isn’t getting to the goal. The fun part is constantly working on challenges that are so ridiculously difficult.
Spica to change the course of history
Stenfatt and his relentless companions are currently designing a spacecraft called “Spica”. If all goes well, and a lot can go wrong, they hope Spica will be the first amateur spacecraft to undertake a crewed suborbital flight, marking a key milestone for humanity as a whole.
How long will such a project take? Given manufacturers’ tight budgets and many complicated hurdles caused by the COVID pandemic, the volunteers speculate that it will be at least another 10 years before Spica flies into orbit, changing the course of history forever.
If this group of dedicated volunteers achieves their particular goal, they will be living proof that the human spirit can reach new heights if only given the right motivation. We wish them good luck and we will follow this project closely.